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Understanding Why They Are Obstructionists

By The Reverend Published: July 24, 2007

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Ignorance is bliss, especially in America where just about everything else we are interested in is more important to us than how our political system works. However, that ignorance is exactly what cynical politicians count on while planning their deceptive strategies.

The McClatchy produced chart above reflects the projected number of filibusters the current minority GOP senators are on track to carry out this Congressional session if their current pace of cloture vote obstructionism continues, which it surely will. It appears from the chart that Republican senators will triple the filibuster numbers as compared to recent years.

The question we need to know the answer to is ....WHY?.

First the McClatchy piece sets up the question.

Seven months into the current two-year term, the Senate has held 42 "cloture" votes aimed at shutting off extended debate — filibusters, or sometimes only the threat of one — and moving to up-or-down votes on contested legislation. Under Senate rules that protect a minority's right to debate, these votes require a 60-vote supermajority in the 100-member Senate.

Democrats have trouble mustering 60 votes; they've fallen short 22 times so far this year. That's largely why they haven't been able to deliver on their campaign promises. Link

Next we have a quotation directly from Mr Filibuster himself, GOP minority leader Mitch McConnell, spinning his own party's obstructionism to make it sound like it's all those silly Democrats fault.....

“I’m told that the Democratic leadership was booed by MoveOn.org, so they’re not happy because the Democratic candidates had said, ‘Elect us and we’ll end the war,’ and they clearly can’t do that. The surveys indicate that the broad public is disapproving of them as well, and there are a reasonable number of Independent-type voters who are not particularly ideologically driven, who just want to see us do things – you know, accomplish things. Those people aren’t happy too, so they’re losing both ways. They’re not only not satisfying the hard left, but they’re disappointing the independents who took a chance on them last November.” Link

And finally the blogger Anonymous Liberal puts all of this together for easy comprehension of what's really going on.....

McConnell clearly thinks that if he can keep the Democratically-led Congress from accomplishing anything, that the people who "took a chance" on the Democrats in the last election will get fed up and return to the GOP. That's why he brings up Congress's historically low approval ratings every chance he gets.

McConnell is intentionally blocking popular legislation so he can then turn around and accuse the Democrats of not accomplishing anything. He's intentionally driving down Congressional approval ratings and then pointing to those ratings as evidence that the Democrats don't deserve to be in control. To quote a line from The Outlaw Josie Wales: "Senator: Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining." Link

This is spot on. Simply block EVERYTHING the Democrats set forward, which they have every right to do by the way, and then point to the failure to pass anything meaningful as a reason to kick out Congressional Democrats in 2008.

The starting point for this strategy, however, is the counting on voters ignorance about the finer details of political "sausage making".

Whattya' think of political representatives who rely on their constituents ignorance to plan their deceptive strategy? Now whattya' think of political representatives who rely on their constituents ignorance to plan their deceptive stategy and then that strategy results in more deaths and butcherings of American soldiers?

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